Anoplodera (Anoplodera) sexguttata (Fabricius, 1775)
[= Leptura sexguttata Fabricius, 1775]
[= Leptura Uddmanniana Harrer, 1784]
[= Leptura semicolon Schrank, 1798]
[= Leptura exclamationis Fabricius, 1801]

Subfamilia: LEPTURINAE  /  Tribus: LEPTURINI
Anoplodera sexguttata
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]

Anoplodera sexguttata, a West Palaearctic species widespread from the Iberian peninsula to European Russia with a relict population in Algeria, has been described from Germany as Leptura sex guttata by Johann Christian Fabricius in 1775 [✧]. A. sexguttata larvae develop in rotten wood of Fagales (especially in Fagus sylvestris, but also often in Quercus spp.), pupation occurs inside the wood. Life-cycle lasts two years. Adults, active from May to July, are diurnal and anthophilous [❖][✮].

A. sexguttata is a variable species: the basic color is black, each elytrum with three yellow spots, but the spots can be reduced or combined, rarely they can be reduced completely and the beetle is all black.

Body length:7 - 12 mm
Life cycle:2 - 3 years
Adults in:May - July
Host plant:polyphagous in deciduous trees (Fagus, Quercus, Carpinus, Alnus etc.)
Distribution:Europe, Anoplodera, Turkey

The depicted living beetles were found on flowers in Broumy village environs (Křivoklátsko Protected Landscape Area, Rakovník district, Central Bohemia, Czechia) on May 28, 2022 / May 25, 2014.

Collected by Miroslav Polcar and Daniel Rydzi

Fabricius J.C.:
Systema Entomologiae, sistens insectorum classes, ordines, genera, species, adiectis synonymis, locis, descriptionibus, observationibus.
Officina Libraria Kortii, Flensburgi & Lipsiae 832pp, 1775. [download pdf icon]

Sláma M.E.F.:
Tesaříkovití – Cerambycidae České republiky a Slovenské republiky / Cerambycidae of the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Milan Sláma private printing, Krhanice, 383pp [pages 239-240], 1998 [ISBN: 80-238-2627-1]. [download pdf icon]

Vitali F.:
Atlas of the Insects of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg: Coleoptera, Cerambycidae.
Ferrantia, Musée national d’histoire naturelle, Luxembourg 79: 208pp [pages 78-79], 2018. [download pdf icon]

Anoplodera sexguttata
Anoplodera sexguttata
[Photo © Milan Lovětínský]
Anoplodera sexguttata
[Photo © Daniel Rydzi]

SubfamiliaLepturinae Latreille, 1802
TribusLepturini Latreille, 1804
GenusAnoplodera Mulsant, 1839
SubgenusAnoplodera Mulsant, 1839
SpeciesAnoplodera (Anoplodera) sexguttata (Fabricius, 1775)